Chuck Berry's death on the weekend at the age of 90 years has a stroke to widely recognized out as one of the most important founding figures of rock and roll man. Its place in the canon of music is undoubtedly deserving, and is likely to be sustainable.
Berry's musical heritage with another aspect of her life is linked, which is very familiar in the music industry - a history of mistreatment of women. Convicted Berry spent time in jail in the early 60's after the move of a 14-year-old girl across state lines for prostitution purposes.
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Berry obituaries are published in recent days very different: some omit or minimize this material, while others openly contain accounts of these events. The New York Times gave a full account of its darker side and its services:
In 1987 he was arrested by the police on assault charges at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, where a woman said he had beaten her up. Eventually Mr. Berry pleaded guilty to harassment, and was fined $250.
It is encouraging such a discussion in an industry to see musicians, where iconic, especially after death, have ignored or dismissed it. Of the myths in the shadows that grow around them their abuse of women.
Examples of this are plentiful. Degradation of groupies by touring bands is often presented as "material of legends" in the history of rock music. A particularly scary example includes members of Led Zeppelin, a teenager and a shark; Although music journalist Lisa Robinson clarified the taxonomy:
‘It wasn’t a shark,’ Richard Cole told me years later. ‘It was a red snapper’.
Sleeping with underage girls (also known as rape) is among musicians not uncommon and active place in the seventies. Abuse of girls was not limited to this period, however, as suggested by many settlements that R Kelly Women made him the predatory, accused behavior.
Artists like John Lennon, Ozzy Osbourne and Tommy Lee added or convicted of domestic violence. Lennon was in an interview with Playboy in 1980, talks about his story to beat women quoted:
That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace.
While some musicians such as Chris Brown and Ike Turner, committed to violence against women, there is a clear racial element to it. Similar actions are minimized in the collective memory, when white skirt engages deuses.
We have also tried in the most terrible cases, our culture, to protect the reputation of people who are seen as a creative genius. The 2016 Mini-Series Som Partir, gave broad coverage to Phil Spector's career, his innovation and ability, praised the study, complete (not only women), and who actually killed her to ignore during her long history of violence actress Lana Clarkson In 2003. (This type of treatment is not just in music, Roman Polanski is a similar case in the world of cinema).
The personal connection
Concentrate Our failure in these stories about the music discussions has two sources. One of them is to make the general social tendency violence against women as unimportant. The other is precisely that we often connect with music because it with something, and therefore to identify with the people who create it. Recognizing their offenses can undermine our joy of music.
Should we listen to the work of people who have done bad things? (Or, in other cases, to read your books or watch your movies?)
We recommend that you turn off the artist and the art is possible and that a public concerned about the crimes of Chuck Berry can still enjoy your music and recognize its influence.
No separate art and artist takes the bad behavior to apologize, or reject the art, which may contain a lot of value - and may also include the entry of many people, does not deserve to be all of them, yet censured.At the same time , It is a moral imperative to take the darkest of Berry and page historical reports, obituaries, and also the discussion about his music. Delete the sent message which is the abuse of girls and women is not important and can be overcome this and perhaps even by the musical claims.A genius as the founding figures of rock and roll form is justified, it must be defined at the moment In the foreground of their wickedness and their accomplishments. We need the normalization of abuse in the music industry to question, and to make this ugly side of music we love more visible. Thus, the music industry may be more inclusive to do in the future.